John Lilburne's journal about Apple computer and home movies.
0929 L Wed 9 Jan 2002
My father bought the first Macintosh model in 1984, when I was about18. Since then I have bought three Macs and generally been interested in Apple Computer. My enthusiasm was probably greatest around 1989, I think that was before Windows and the Mac had Microsoft Excel. I remember reading John Sculley's book "Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple" that year.
Part of me is cautious about the hype and part of me says personal computers are changing the world and Apple is a leader in this. Yesterday at the library I read Australian Macworld January 2002 edition, which had an article by Alex Rieneck with the heading "Low-budget dreams". Here are some extracts:
He talks about the movie industry having started as a monopoly of Thomas Edison and then other monopolies.
He sees this fragmenting due to the variety of information available. I thought this was an interesting point: "As far as current events goes, the rule is that if a person watches a lot of television, they think the world is reasonably OK. If they read and surf the net, they are quite paranoid and ideologically adrift."
I think he is exaggerating to make the point. Making a blockbuster will still require lots of expensive artists. But perhaps there will be less interest in the blockbuster.
Today both The Age and The Australian newspapers have photos of Steve Jobs with the newly designed iMac which has a flat screen and small base. Here is an extract from Garry Barker article in The Age:
Copyright J.R. Lilburne 9 January 2002.
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